Andrew Shields brings us three poems all the way from Basel, Switzerland. “Hearsay” contains within its unorthodox verses a meta and self-referential device that affirms and negates the existence of the subject of its verses. “Pick a Card” reflects the musicality of the poet, who is a member of the band Human Shields. As such, the poem could easily be read as a song or adapted into one given its evident lyrical style. “Pit Bull on the Twelfth Floor” is a tender tribute to a companion versifying a brief moment that suspends time to observe a majestic being.

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